Empire Creators Go Outside of the Box and Score with Fil Eisler
The smash hit Empire is making headlines for its acting performances, hip-hop soundtrack and twisting storyline. But one aspect of the show the creators went “outside of the box” with.
Executive producer/Creator Lee Daniels and writer Danny Strong desired a different feel and tone with the original score. Enter composer Fil Eisler, with a resume that includes the scores of award-winning dramas Revenge and Shameless. His intrinsic goal, according to Daniels was to be “bold and operatic” and “blow the stereotype right out of the water”.
In this recent article from the print version of Variety, the producers and writer (Daniels and Strong) and composer (Eisler) go into detail about matching the score to specific cues in the story and Eisler comes up with imaginative methods to begin his writing process.